Dr Sabrina Appadoo

 C.Psychol, PsychD, BSc (Hons).

Chartered Counselling Psychologist

 CBT & Psychodynamic

Core Training

BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Royal Holloway.

Graduate Certificate in Counselling Psychology.

Doctorate in Psychotherapeutic & Counselling Psychology (DCPsych), University of Surrey.

Further Training

  • London Traumatic Events, British Psychological Society (BPS), November, 2017.
  • Current continuous professional development: CBT for Psychosis with the Psychological Interventions Clinic for outpatients with Psychosis (PICuP) Team based at South London & Maudsley NHS (SLAM). May 2017-present.
  • Supervision skills training: Workshop 1, Institute of Psychiatry & King’s Health Partners (SLAM), September 2017.
  • Adult Acute Care Mental Health Conference, SLAM, May 2017.
  • Thinking about self-harm event, SLAM, April, 2017.
  • Myths of family therapy, BPS, 2017.
  • Inviting GRAAACEFULL conversations, SLAM, February 2017.
  • Introduction to RO-DBT, BPS, October, 2016.
  • DBT 2 day skills essentials training workshop, Sept, 2016.
  • CBT Boot Camp (2 days), Padesky Workshop, June 2016.
  • Strengths-Based CBT for Vulnerable Clients & Chronic issues (2 days), Padesky, May, 2015.
  • ACT Made Simple Workshop (2 days), Dr Russ Harris, June 2014.
  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) London 2013 Conference Worskhops, November 2013.
  • Faculty of Clinical Health Psychology & Faculty for Sexual Health & HIV event third wave approaches and beyond, Division of Clinical Psychology, BPS, October 2013.
  • Best Practice: CBT for Depression & Suicide, Padesky, May 2013.
  • CBT Masterclass on Mindfulness, Canterbury Christ Church University, April 2013.
  • Recovery Workshops, SLAM, January & February 2013.
  • “Mindfulness within person-based cognitive therapy for psychosis,” Professor Paul Chadwick, January 2013.
  • Trust Supervision Workshop, SLAM, December, 2012.
  • Understanding the concept of “holding,” Therapeutic Training Academy, November 2012.
  • Listening with the Relational Body Cultivating Right Brain Attunement to the “Implicit Self,” Sussex Psychology, November, 2012.


Registered Practitioner Psychologist, Health Professionals Council (HCPC), Chartered Counselling Psychologist (C.Psychol), British Psychological Society (BPS), the Division of Counselling Psychology and the Faculty of Psychosis and Complex Mental Health.

Clinical Experience

I currently work as a Senior Counselling Psychologist on acute inpatient wards with South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. My role involves individual assessments of, and brief therapy with clients presenting with severe, chronic and enduring mental health problems (such as severe depression, anxiety, psychosis and personality disorders), facilitating psychology groups, providing supervision, staff support and reflection, and consultations with family members, as well as working closely with the multidisciplinary team.

I have worked for the NHS within adult mental health in various clinical settings in primary care, secondary care community mental health teams and inpatient mental health services. This has given me the experience of offering both brief and long-term individual psychological therapy to a variety of clients across the lifespan presenting with mild to severe, complex and chronic mental health difficulties, chronic health conditions and learning and physical difficulties. As a result, I understand what impact different ages, ethnicity, gender, socio-cultural status and disability has on the therapeutic relationship as well as how these factors might influence attitudes, abilities and difficulties. I also appreciate the importance of approaching clients with sensitivity and a respect for diversity and equality.

Private Practice:

I work with clients who self-refer. I can offer my clients short-term or long-term therapy, on either an individual or group basis. I am trained in various therapeutic approaches (including cognitive behavioural (CBT), person-centred and psychodynamic models of therapy) which allows me to tailor therapy to the client’s needs, preferences and personality.

With the right level of support, I firmly believe that people can overcome the problems that they face and, more importantly, develop the necessary skills and understanding to facilitate and support positive change. In this way, therapy can empower people to live more meaningful lives as it fosters a greater self-awareness, enhanced self-acceptance, an understanding of how we interact in relationships, and how the behaviours of others have an impact upon us. It also provides a forum for developing different skills and techniques that may help clients better manage various psychological issues in addition to possibly helping them achieve specific goals and motivations. However, this is not to say that all of us at some point in time won’t face further times of crisis or challenge but that therapy may better equip people to confront whatever life may throw at them.

I have worked with clients presenting with a wide range of mental health issues/psychological distresses such as:

  • Depression
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Social Anxiety
  • Low Self-esteem
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Eating Disorders (Bulimia)
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Difficulty in adjusting to a health-related condition/disability
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Bereavement
  • Anger and aggression
  • Work related stress
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • HIV
  • Psychosis

Clinic Location

I work in Reigate, Surrey.